Inside the Information Society: Meeting the climate challenges of ICTs

London [10 October 2016]

*_Each week David Souter comments on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society.

Social Media Exchange (SMEX)

Social Media Exchange (SMEX) is a registered Lebanese NGO that works to advance self-regulating information societies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Their work encompasses media development programs as well as Internet policy research and digital rights advocacy in support of more accessible, participatory, and just enabling environments for civil society across the MENA region. While they engage globally, Lebanon is their home, making Arab society and culture their primary context for action.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Freedom of expression


Tel: +961 71 190 310 (Lebanon) / +1 202 999 2813 (USA)


Rhizomática works as a bridge between the potential users of the technology and the engineers and developers of these efforts to ensure the technology is deployed and appropriate for use in the developing world. Their mission is to increase access to mobile telecommunications to the over 2 billion people without affordable coverage and the 700 million with none at all. Through efforts in Mexico and Nigeria, they use new information and communication technologies, especially mobile telephony, to facilitate development and community organization in the developing world.

Their approach combines regulatory reform, decentralization, community involvement, and the application of new technologies to connect people and communities to services proven to increase access to information, development and, ultimately, quality of life.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Cultural & linguistic diversity


Point of View

Point of View is a Mumbai-based non-profit that builds and amplifies women’s voices and removes barriers to voice, speech and expression.


  • Media, Education, Technology, Art


  • Creating digital resources, publications & campaigns
  • Building skills, capacities and understanding
  • Producing information & knowledge We educate communities and publics
  • Advocating with civil society & policymakers


  • Digitality, Gender and Sexuality: Equipping women, trans people and girls to become digital citizens
  • Sexuality and Disability: Empowering women with disabilities to see themselves as sexual beings
  • Digital Storytelling: Enabling young women to enter, build and shape conversations on silenced topics
  • Internet Democracy: Promoting an Internet that supports free speech, social justice and democracy, in India and beyond
Topic areas of expertise:
  • Gender & ICTs


21A, Chapel Road
Mt Mary, Bandra West,
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050

Email Address:


ALTERMUNDI is an NGO based in Argentina that strives to promote the emergence of a new paradigm based on freedom gained through peer collaboration. AlterMundi explores different manifestations of peer-to-peer collaboration from a technological perspective and in particular it has a put a great deal of work in relation to Wireless Community Networks for small towns and rural areas.

Projects such as LibreMesh and LibreRouter are developed with the goal of building a community mesh network model that is based on accessible technologies that are simple to grasp for people with no expertise in the area.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Free software


Las Acacias (sin número), José de la Quintana (5189), Córdoba, Argentina.

Tel: +54 11 5235 6993
mail: is hiring!

Canada is an organisation integrated by software developers and system engineers, cryptographers, security auditors, penetration testers, project managers, trainers, anthropologists, communicators and more!

Mohammed Maskati: "Digital security is still considered something cool and fancy and not taken seriously"

TUNIS 5 October 2016 (Leila Nachawati Rego for APCNews)

APCNews spoke with Mohammed al-Maskati, a renowned Bahraini human rights defender and digital security consultant for Front Line Defenders, during the recent Internet Governance in the Middle East and North Africa (IGMENA) Summit in Tunis.

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Inside the Information Society: What is the impact of ICTs on climate change?

London [3 October 2016]

Albert K. Bates works on a Kaypro-10 computer from his home at The Farm in Summertown Tennessee, 1981. Source: Wikimedia CommonsAlbert K. Bates works on a Kaypro-10 computer from his home at The Farm in Summertown Tennessee, 1981. Source: Wikimedia Commons*_Each week David Souter comments on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society.

At the Internet Governance Middle East and North Africa Summit: What is the role of civil society?

TUNIS 29 September 2016 (APC)

“Together for a free and open internet” is the motto for this year’s IGMENA Summit, an event bringing together more than a hundred digital rights activists, human rights defenders, journalists and other stakeholders around internet rights and internet governance in the Middle East and North Africa, between 30 September and 2 October in Tunis.

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Opening plenary: Energy, song and feminist rituals to ward off evil

Costa de Sauípe, Bahia, Brazil

“We don’t like prisons but we don’t fear them.” – Yara Sallam, Egypt

The 13th AWID International Forum began on Thursday with an opening plenary to the tune of Bahian music, song and dance to honor Oxum, orisha of Brazilian hospitality, followed by inspiring presentations and questions posed by guest panelists on t

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